Yes, I'm still around, but after 30 years of this gig I'm taking a break and doing things a bit differently now. Let me share some of that with you.
"Beijingers Can't Speak Cantonese"
-- a guest performance of "Dashan Live" at the Sony Centre in Toronto on February 4, 2019. Video of this bit really took off, with close to a million views on YouTube (which is blocked in China) and who knows how many more on the various video hosting sites it was copied to inside China.Watch it here
I'm taking a break from most freelance work to focus more on writing and creative projects in 2019. Apart from "Dashan Live" here are a few things I'm working on:
Mermaid Theatre is best known for unique stage adaptations of children's beloved literary classics, and I've been proud to record the narration for several of their puppetry productions in Mandarin. We recorded new material in March as they prepare for their next China tour.
A first-hand account of a Canadian-led refugee camp in Henan during the Japanese invasion of 1938. These memoirs, never before published, share a personal connection with my own grandparents' work in China in the 1920s.
Not writing those memoirs just yet, still too early, but I am pulling together an archive of stuff I've done and experimenting a bit with a vlog to tell my own stories, past & present..